Movies and shows that predicted the future

Roe v. Wade decision likened to 'The Handmaid's Tale' by social media users

Stars Insider

04/05/22 | StarsInsider

TV Plots

In the world of fiction, anything is possible. Yet there are some movie/show plots and storylines that include creative and seemingly foreshadowing details that later end up becoming startlingly true.

The TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 'The Handmaid's Tale' is nothing short of disturbing with its premise alone: the control of women's reproduction to the point of enslaving fertile women and forcing them to have their rapists' babies. But with the recently leaked US Supreme Court's draft majority opinion striking down the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision—which guaranteed the right to abortion nationwide—that fiction is getting scarily close to fact. 

Not only that, but Justice Samuel Alito's argument in the leaked document that “the Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision" demonstrates a dangerous purism in its dedication to old texts that hardly acknowledged women in the first place. If the law is overturned, states would be able to decide whether to restrict or ban abortion, putting women's lives in danger, much like the popular series. "Tonight, Hulu is reclassifying 'The Handmaid’s Tale' as a documentary," one tweet read. 

Click through this gallery and take a look back at other series and films that looked forward to predict world events, new technology, and social and cultural change.


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